VIDEO: Operation Mountaineer Highway, A Major Drug Take Down In Fayette County

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – They’re calling it “Operation Mountaineer Highway”, a major drug takedown to take back southern West Virginia neighborhoods.

“Today’s an important step in retaking these communities and retaking the streets and protecting our families and ending the despair,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

The investigation stretched from Oak Hill all the way into New Jersey,  large amounts of drugs seized, including over 10,000 oxycodone pills, 600-grams of heroin with fentanyl and almost a kilo of meth. Over 360-thousand dollars in cash was also sized.

“It was a plethora of drugs these folks pedaled in every substance possible”

The first strike of this massive raid was in October of 2017 when officers arrested a drug dealer in Fayette County.  That arrest led to the dismantling of drug trafficking operations in 3 states, including west virginia.

“These folks were in poeration for three years. This community can sleep better tonight knowing this operation is completely out of business”

“We hear you fayette county. we want to make a difference. This makes a difference. Today makes a difference” said Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley

With the drug trafficking operations targeted in this raid, drug suppliers and dealers are out of businesses and drug trade in fayette county has taken a big hit.

“The idea that we raise our kids with drug traffickers is over”

But the investigation is only getting started and could result in even more federal and state charges in the future.

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